Did You Know: Primus’ Les Claypool Once Auditioned For Metallica [Watch]

first_imgLes Claypool has done well for himself over the years as one of the premiere virtuosic bass players in commercial rock music. The 55-year-old songwriter and bassist has collected a dedicated legion of fans since starting back in the 1980s thanks to his incredible musicianship as part of Primus, Oysterhead, and more recently The Claypool Lennon Delirium alongside Sean Ono Lennon. Surpringsly, some fans might not be aware of the fact that Claypool was once offered the opportunity to jam alongside Metallica when the famous thrash metal band were in search of a new bass player following the death of Cliff Burton in 1986.Claypool actually grew up in the same area as Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, as the two went to school together in the Bay Area region of northern California. It was that high school connection which led Hammett to invite Claypool to play with the band, as he had already given the bassist a copy of their 1984 studio album, Ride The Lightning, a few years prior.“I didn’t know much about the scene, I went and, you know, I didn’t even realize how big they were to tell you the truth,” Claypool admitted in a past interview. Claypool was so unfamiliar with their level of popularity and the overall sound that he even asked if the fellas wanted to jam around on some Isley Brothers tunes.A more recent interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich saw Claypool looking back at how surprised he was when Ulrich demanded that part of the rehearsal studio be removed so that he could see guitarist James Hetfield while playing. The hilarious 2017 interview from Ulrich’ Beats 1 Radio program can be watched with a giggle in the video below.Les Claypool and Lars Ulrich Interview – Beats 1 Radio – September 2017[Video: Beats 1]Hetfield would admit years later that Claypool was simply “too good” for what Metallica had going on at the point in their journey. The famous metal band has welcomed Jason Newstead and then Robert Trujillo to fill on bass duties in the decades since.“I wasn’t the right guy,” Claypool continued in the older interview. “I looked like a total freak ya know? I remember James said on Vh1, ‘Well you know Les was too good,’ and that’s total bullshit, he was just being nice. He thought I was a weirdo.”Claypool will release his next studio album as part of The Claypool Lennon Delirium when South of Reality arrives on ATO Records on February 22nd. The psychedelic rock group will head out on tour across North America next spring throughout the month of April. Tickets for shows on the spring tour can be purchased here.last_img read more

Sustainable transportation experts descend on Harvard

first_imgFrom the newest trends in bike-sharing to figuring out the best ways to promote carpooling, the Sustainable Transportation Summit is proving to be an important resource for schools throughout the region. In what has become an annual gathering, Harvard’s CommuterChoice program recently hosted over 40 transportation and sustainability experts from 15 schools across Massachusetts and Vermont.  The half-day, discussion style meeting, allowed for an exchange of ideas, best practices, success stories, and common challenges.The one thing everyone agreed on is that the desire to expand sustainable transportation options is stronger than ever. Students, faculty, and staff are always looking for new, less expensive, and more environmentally sound ways of getting to and around their school.  But one common challenge quickly emerged during the discussion, and that’s communication.  “Most schools agreed that it can be difficult to continuously ensure people are being matched with the right program, especially when you’re on a very large campus,” explained Associate Director for CommuterChoice, TDM & Sustainability Ben Hammer.  “So we all spent a great deal of time sharing best practices.”It’s also clear that schools are taking different approaches when it comes to bike-sharing. For many years, companies like Hubway were the major players in the bike-sharing space.  However, a number of businesses utilizing dockless bike-sharing models are now operating in municipalities and campuses in Massachusetts.  In the dockless model, bikes don’t have to be returned to a station and can be left anywhere.  GPS tracking allows users to locate the bikes and the wheels only unlock when a QR Code is provided.  Several participating schools in Worcester, including Holy Cross, WPI and Clark University have opted for this approach.  The group debated the merits of each business model with the discussion focusing in on cost, quality, and safety.“This type of event helps us realize that we’re surrounded by resources and surrounded by folks doing similar work with many of the same challenges and constraints,” said Summit participant and Boston University transportation demand management and marketing manager Carl Larson.”  “I’ve pinned the contact list of event attendees on my bulletin board and I fully expect to use it before next year’s summit.”last_img read more

MLK Jr. dinner fosters conversation

first_imgStudent leaders charged to “bring home” the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. to Notre Dame met Thursday in the Alumni Stadium press box to discuss contemporary issues during a dinner organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.  Senior and committee member Armani Sutton said the group developed the topic in response to current issues the University and its students face, including the Call to Action program meetings.  “We tried to think about how we can ‘bring it home,’” Sutton said. “From that point, we tried to come up with topics within that theme, … topics we’re faced with every day on campus.” Attendees sat at randomly assigned tables for the meal and participated in discussions facilitated by student moderators.  Campus Ministry’s Multicultural Ministry Officer Judy Madden said Thursday’s dinner marked the event’s 10th anniversary.  “There was a majority student, a Caucasian student, 10 years ago, who was really bothered when she talked to some of her friends who were minority students who said that their experience at Notre Dame was not positive and she wanted to do something to create a more positive environment,” Madden said. “She came up with the idea of this dinner and bringing people together to build relationships, build bridges and get to know each other personally to hopefully improve the relationships among all students at Notre Dame.”   Sophomore Demetrius Murphy said the best part of the evening was the diversity among the students in attendance. “We’re all coming from different aspects in our lives, we’re all coming from different majors and we’re all passionate about different things, so when you get us together and we discuss [issues.] … It’s amazing to have that open dialogue and it’s very necessary,” he said. “I’m so happy they do this every year and this is something they should continue.” Murphy said his table discussed whether social media networking impedes quality communication or makes it better, and if social media allows legitimate connections to form. “It was cool to see different people’s perspectives because some people thought you could build a lasting relationship but that at some point you would have to meet in real life,” Murphy said.  “Others said ‘No, it’s not possible to build any type of meaningful relationship because people don’t present their true selves online.’” Sophomore Shanice Cox said her group discussed the delineation between power and privilege, the situations when they coincide and if the coexistence of power and privilege can be healthy. “It was nice to hear other people’s sides, especially those of some of the Latin-American students who brought up politics in their home countries,” Cox said. “I totally agree with [the conclusion] we came up with, which was basically that either you’re in power with someone, or you’re in power against them.” Cox said the evening’s theme helped her realize how much the diversity of minority students offers the University. “I’m in Shades of Ebony, and we talked about the social networking problem that we’re having where people are not showing their true selves,” she said. “I feel like I can go back to those ladies and express the different sides [of that issue] that we talked about here.” Sophomore Amanda Peña said she was excited to learn the topics for Thursday’s event after attending last year’s dinner. “I especially loved my table [this year],” Peña said. “We talked about politics and people’s different opinions about politics and about how bipartisanship is really necessary.” She said the increased number of people at the event excited her.  “There were a lot of faces this year that I didn’t recognize and last year I knew a good majority of them, so this shows that a lot of people are starting to recognize more leaders on campus and that there are a lot more passionate people that are willing to step out,” Peña said. Peña realized there is a sense of solidarity among the students present who are willing to agitate for social justice.  “It’s a beautiful feeling to know that there are other people on this campus who care about social justice and really big issues,” Peña said. “There are a lot of issues that I am really passionate about but don’t know where to go with them or who to talk to about them, but seeing these people and seeing what they represent … it gives me an outlet and a place to look forward to going and networking and collaborating on issues.” Sutton said he lead a discussion at his table about the difference between words and actions, analyzing what it means to practice what you preach. “My topic was private versus public representation of the self,” he said. “I wanted to highlight that issue and address how we can solve it and get back to Dr. King’s dream of everyone getting together and everyone having good character. … It’s important to know what your character is and how you’re exhibiting that character.” Sutton said his group concluded social media outlets are only bad if used the wrong way. They decided relationships require physical interaction, though social media can help begin communication.  Madden said the dinner offers a venue for students to talk about issues of substance. “This gives them an opportunity to dive a little deeper and a safe place to talk about things that make people uncomfortable,” she said. “And I think being uncomfortable – we don’t like it – but sometimes it’s a sign that growth is happening, and a great opportunity.”last_img read more

The Cherry Orchard Begins Performances on Broadway

first_img The Broadway revival of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is set to start previews on September 15. Directed by Simon Godwin and headlined by Diane Lane, the new adaptation by Tony winner Stephen Karam (The Humans) will officially open on October 16 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. The limited engagement will run through December 4.First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard is Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era.The company will also include Chuck Cooper as Pischik, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Varya, Joel Grey as Firs, John Glover as Gaev, Tavi Gevinson as Anya and Harold Perrineau as Lopakhin. They will be joined by Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 4, 2016 The Cherry Orchard View Commentscenter_img Diane Lane ‘The Cherry Orchard’ Star Fileslast_img read more

Tick tricks

first_imgBy Nancy C. HinkleUniversity of GeorgiaSouthern lore offers many ways to remove a tick you find attached to you: Smother it with petroleum jelly, kerosene or nail polish remover. Burn it with a match. Twist it counterclockwise to unscrew it. Awful things happen, they say, if you leave a tick’s head in your skin to “fester.”They’re all wrong.For starters, don’t worry about breaking off a tick’s head. It can’t transmit disease organisms. But if a tick is aggravated, it will vomit into your bloodstream, so keep it calm until you can remove it. Don’t ever put any irritating compounds on it.Do, however, use tweezers to remove it as soon as you can. A tick is like a balloon attached to a hypodermic needle, so pressing its body can push tick juice into your bloodstream.Remember the tweezersTo avoid giving yourself a tick “shot,” position the tweezers as close to your skin as you can. Then pinch its head, preventing regurgitation, and pull.Afterwards, wash the wound and apply antibiotic cream.It’s normal for a red, irritated area and scab to persist for days or even weeks. It’s purely a localized reaction to the tick’s saliva, not a sign of disease.However, keep the tick for a couple of weeks, just in case you later come down with a tick-borne disease. Don’t flush it. Ticks won’t drown. Instead, put it in a zipper-lock bag in the refrigerator, with the date noted. If you develop a rash or flu-like symptoms later, you’ll have the tick for examination.Better yet…A better way to handle ticks is to avoid them in the first place.When I’m hiking or working in a tick-infested habitat, I tuck my pants down into my socks. Ticks always crawl upward, so this prevents their getting under my clothing to my skin. If they have to crawl outside my clothes, I can see ticks and remove them before they can attach.If you’re outdoors a lot in tick habitats, you may want to treat your clothing with an effective repellent. Sawyer, Coulston and other brands of permethrin spray are sold to treat clothing only. Never use these products on your skin.To treat your clothes, lay your pants, socks, jacket, etc., on newspaper and spray them liberally. Then turn them over and spray the other side. Leave them to dry overnight. In the morning, you’ll have good tick protection.This permethrin treatment remains active and effective for weeks. Hunters and hikers often treat their garments and then wear the same clothes every time they go anywhere ticks may be.You can treat exposed parts of your body with DEET repellents, which offer some tick protection, too. Follow the label directions. And be particularly careful using DEET around your eyes, mouth and mucous membranes and anywhere on children.Flying ticks?Ticks can’t jump or fly and don’t live in trees. They’re on the ground and at the tips of low-growing plants, where they’re most likely to latch onto shoes and ankles. That’s why you need to treat shoes, socks and pants cuffs with a repellent and keep ticks from crawling up to bare skin.Despite all precautions, you may occasionally get a tick on you, so at the end of the day, do a “tick check.”Strip down and use a mirror to examine all of your body. Pay close attention to your waist and wherever your clothes fit snugly. Feel carefully through your hairline, too. Ticks often attach along the edge of the scalp.If a tick is attached to your skin less than 12 hours, it has little or no chance to transmit a disease.Avoid ticks if you can. If you can’t, at least keep them happy until you can sneak up on them and pull them off.(Nancy Hinkle is a Cooperative Extension entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Why frugality is so important

first_img continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sometimes I think, why would anyone even want to be a frugal shopper? It’s definitely a pain to master the art of frugality.Then I remember all the benefits it’s brought me and I snap back into line. Frugality has allowed me to:Chase my dream career, even though it’s low-paying and inconsistent work.Lessen my impact on the environment. It’s an excellent way to go green.Save up an emergency fund that’s given me the freedom to move when I want and leave terrible jobs.Find money I thought I didn’t have so I could save up for retirement.last_img

Banks top CUs in customer satisfaction

first_img continue reading » The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) is reporting that banks topped credit unions in customer satisfaction.This is the first time in the history of the index where banks scored higher than credit unions.After being tied last year, customers gave banks a satisfaction score of 80 out of 100, while credit union customers rated their satisfaction at 79 out of 100, a 2.5-point dip from 2018.Banks either tied or outpaced credit unions on every individual element of the satisfaction rating. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

U-Haul offers help to SUNY students that could be displaced due to coronavirus

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — U-Haul locations in the Southern Tier will be offering one month of free storage to any SUNY students displaced after classes were moved online. U-Haul of Vestal: 3732 Vestal Pkwy E.U-Haul Moving & Storage of Johnson City: 631 Field St.U-Haul Moving & Storage of Binghamton: 113 Chenango St. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Front Street: 262 Front St. “We do expect college kids to be going home during this time, so hopefully it’ll get a little busy so we can help them out as much as possible,” said Barlow. Students can keep their stuff in storage for only one month, or they can choose to store items longer. While students are not required to move out of their dorms at Binghamton University or SUNY Broome, for those living far away and may have to return home, U-Haul wants to help. center_img Below is a list of participating locations in our area: For more help on moving, visit this website. “Anytime there’s a natural disaster, U-Haul steps up to the plate, we try to support the community as much as we can,” said Robert Barlow, general manager of U-Haul of Vestal. last_img read more

Biden Knows Washington Has Changed. He’s Less Sure He Has To.

first_imgAt the same time, it would be difficult to conjure a more consequential proving ground for the arguments Mr. Biden has made throughout his career: that compromise is good, that modest progress is still progress and that he is the man to help make it happen. Updated Nov. 7, 2020, 12:21 p.m. ET More relevant to Mr. Biden’s present mind-set, those who know him say, are the Obama years. Their two terms were hamstrung by opposition from Tea Party Republicans who directed their fury at the nation’s first Black president and showed little interest in working with him. None of it caused Mr. Biden to abandon his instinct for consensus-building, whether or not such an aim was always possible.“It tested his faith in that kind of thinking,” said Matt Teper, a top speechwriter for Mr. Biden at the time. “But it never manifested itself in any kind of frothy animosity.”Several supporters cited Mr. Biden’s pledge this past week to be a president “for all Americans,” the sort of generically hopeful message they say the times demand.In remarks on Wednesday, Mr. Biden said that once the election passed, the hour would finally come “to unite, to heal, to come together as a nation.”“This won’t be easy,” he said. “I’m not naïve.”No one has challenged the first part. “The vast majority of the 150 million Americans who voted — they want to get the vitriol out of our politics,” Mr. Biden said in a speech Friday night. “We’re certainly not going to agree on a lot of issues, but at least we can agree to be civil with one another. We have to put the anger and the demonization behind us.”Friends say the election results seem likely to reinforce Mr. Biden’s belief in his own style, if only because he sees no other course available. He recognizes that the world has changed, they suggest; he is just less convinced that his worldview should. As vice president, he was the White House emissary dispatched to negotiate with unbending Republicans in Congress, at times with too little success and too willing capitulation in the eyes of liberals.And across his decades in the Senate, Mr. Biden tended to find his way to the center of the fray — civil rights debates, judicial hearings, the crime bill, the Iraq war — priding himself on a reputation as the lawmaker most likely to befriend Ted Kennedy and Strom Thurmond in the same lifetime. Now, as Mr. Biden prepares to assume the presidency in a divided Washington, he will confront the ultimate test of how much times have changed, and how much he has. While Democrats have retained hope that two runoff elections in Georgia might deliver them narrow control of the Senate after all, Biden allies have begun preparing for the prospect that Republicans will rule the chamber.Even an optimistic scenario for him — a 50-50 Senate with Kamala Harris supplying tiebreaking votes as vice president — would place a Biden administration at the mercy of the most centrist Democrats, like Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.As a matter of policymaking, this is plainly a significant disappointment for the Biden team, instantly complicating the legislative path for priorities like health care and climate action and raising the chances that even cabinet confirmations will require serious Republican cooperation.- Advertisement – But then, this has always been the question for Mr. Biden in this campaign: Is he a man for this Washington moment or an old one? Is he too fixated on the latter to understand the former?The voters, at least, saw fit to find out.In interviews, former colleagues seemed split on Mr. Biden’s capacity to transcend today’s pervasive partisanship, with some doubtful that the Republican posture would change much even with Mr. Trump out of office.“I don’t think it’s transferable,” former Senator Bob Kerrey, a Nebraska Democrat who served with Mr. Biden through the 1990s, said of the chamber’s productive tenor in that age. “He was there for eight years under Obama. He knows that the Republicans can be very, very obstructionist if they want to be.”Still, Mr. Kerrey added, maybe it was useful to be “a little naïve” and make bipartisan overtures regardless, in part to “get public opinion on his side for his big initiatives.”Carol Moseley Braun, a former Democratic senator from Illinois, said that much of Mr. Biden’s expertise in Washington power and procedure remained relevant.“He knows the levers of government better than anybody,” she said. She recalled his help in gaming out Senate dynamics in 1993, when she was a freshman senator seeking to block a request to grant the United Daughters of the Confederacy a renewed patent on an emblem with the Confederate battle flag.Of course, some snapshots of compromise and collegiality from Mr. Biden’s career around that time have aged poorly with Democrats. Among other reconsiderations, he has expressed regret for the Judiciary Committee’s treatment of Anita Hill at the 1991 confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, when many liberals say Mr. Biden, the committee chairman, was too deferential to Senate Republicans who subjected Ms. Hill to demeaning and invasive questioning. Joseph R. Biden Jr., distinguished backslapper and inveterate deal-seeker, has spent most of his last 50 years in the middle of things.As a presidential candidate, he urged moderation, suggesting that the country was not as progressive as some Democratic rivals insisted.- Advertisement – The realities of a Republican-led Senate might even lend Mr. Biden some cover with the left, delaying or at least dulling thorny intraparty tussles over contentious progressive proposals like Supreme Court expansion.“He won’t be so captive to a certain element in his own party,” said Chuck Hagel, who worked with Mr. Biden as Barack Obama’s defense secretary and as a Republican senator from Nebraska. “In a way I think that strengthens his hand for his style of governing and how he approaches governing. There’s no other option. He’s got to reach out and work with both parties.”Some younger Democrats have accused Mr. Biden of clinging to a bygone — and, they say, forever-gone — vision of collaborative government.This was a week, after all, during which some Republican lawmakers indulged or even wholly embraced President Trump’s baseless, dangerous claims of wide-scale election fraud. But Mr. Biden has long held himself out as a figure with uncommon powers of persuasion, one determined to see the good in people and unencumbered by rigid ideology.He has often told audiences of advice he says he received early in his career from Mike Mansfield, the longtime Senate majority leader: “It’s always appropriate to question another man’s judgment,” Mr. Biden recalled him saying, in a 2015 address, “but never appropriate to question his motives because you simply don’t know his motives.”The trouble for Mr. Biden now is that Republican motives and incentives will almost certainly run counter to his much of the time. When Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, last faced a Democratic White House — the one in which Mr. Biden served — he said explicitly that his goal was to make Mr. Obama a one-term president.While Mr. Biden maintained a far more cordial relationship with Mr. McConnell in those years and has said he would work with the Republican “where we can agree,” he often strained in his 2020 bid to land on a compelling explanation for why a Biden administration would succeed in fostering bipartisanship where an Obama administration could not.His point often seemed to be that he had to try anyway. “We don’t talk to each other anymore,” Mr. Biden lamented last year, earning a scolding from some Democrats after warmly invoking the “civility” that defined his relationships with segregationist peers early in his Senate life. “For the man who will see, time heals,” Mr. Biden said in a generous 2003 eulogy for Mr. Thurmond, the avowed South Carolina segregationist whom he saluted for moving to “the good side” eventually. “Time changes.”- Advertisement – “Joe Biden will have defeated Donald Trump by millions of votes in a resounding victory,” said Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, a group that helped elect Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives to Congress. “And meanwhile, the Republican Party’s leadership is on television delegitimizing the next four years.”Mr. Shahid urged Mr. Biden not to treat Republicans as good-faith governing partners. “We are just in a very different time now,” he said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Mets not getting a fair shake in pages

first_imgAs of April 13, let’s compare the Mets’ vs. the Yankees’ records. One team has six wins and seven losses; the other team has 10 wins and one loss. One team is in third place; the other is in first. One team is leading the majors with a .909 percentage, while the other isn’t playing .500 ball. The Mets win in every category except one: The front page of the Sports section. What happened to fair and unbiased reporting? I guess The Gazette is one of those newspapers that prints fake news.Joe KaczynskiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more